- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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2. Lincoln was to respect that the fort was not his and the actions by the south were not illegal.
3. He was to therefore leave the fort when ordered to do so.
4. It is a fact that Lincoln needed to make the south look like the aggressor and there is no better way to do it than what he did.
Hey how about the ask a Texan thread? see ya'll there.